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Image Testimonies
Witnessing in Times of Social Media

ISBN 9781138343061
Published December 11, 2018 by Routledge
194 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Recent political conflicts signal an increased proliferation of image testimonies shared widely via social media. Although witnessing with and through images is not a phenomenon of the internet era, contemporary digital image practices and politics have significantly intensified the affective economies of image testimonies. This volume traces the contours of these conditions and develops a conception of image testimony along four areas of focus.

The first and second section of this volume reflects the discussion of image testimonies as an interplay of evidential qualities and their potential to express affective relationalities and emotional involvement. The third section focuses on the question of how social media technologies shape and subsequently are shaped by image testimonies. To further complicate the ethical position of the witness, the final section looks at image testimony at the intersection of creation and destruction, taking into account the perspectives of different actors and their opposed moral positions.

With an emphasis on the affectivity of these images, Image Testimonies provides new and so far overlooked insights in the field. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Sociology and Social Policy, Media and Communications, Visual Arts and Culture and Middle East Studies.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

  1. Image Testimonies: Witnessing in Times of Social Media – Kerstin Schankweiler, Verena Straub, Tobias Wendl


  3. Credibility in Crisis: Contradictions of Web Video Witnessing – Sascha Simons

  4. Affective Images and the Political Trial – Jonas Bens

  5. IN CONVERSATION: Fearless Filming—Video Footage from Syria since 2011 – Marianna Liosi with Guevara Namer and Amer Matar


  6. "Moroccan Lives Matter": Practices and Politics of Affecting – Kerstin Schankweiler

  7. Drone’s-Eye View: Affective Witnessing and Technicities of Perception – Michael Richardson


  9. Photographic Witnessing, the Occupation, and Palestinian Politics – Simon Faulkner

  10. Witnessing to Survive: Selfie Videos, Live Mobile Witnessing and Black Necropolitics – Penelope Papailias

  11. Eye, Flesh, World: Three Modes of Digital Witnessing – Paul Frosh


  13. "Living Martyrs": Testifying What is to Come – Verena Straub

  14. Testimonies for a New Social Order: The Islamic State’s Iconic Iconoclasm – Christoph Günther, Tom Bioly

  15. From Cape Town to Timbuktu: Iconoclastic Testimonies in the Age of Social Media – Tobias Wendl

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Kerstin Schankweiler is an art historian and postdoctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Verena Straub is an art historian and research associate at the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Tobias Wendl is Professor for the Arts and Visual Cultures of Africa at the Institute of Art History, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.